crime-fighting priest on a mission. >> what we're looking at here is formally six blighted, bordered up, burned out, knew sense houses that had been used for criminal activities such as gang hangouts, drugs, prostitution. so we needed to get rid of them. >> reporter: after two perishers were murdered nearby, he persuaded officials to let the church replace 40 abandoned homes with sports fields and parks. >> crime has dropped drastically. in the last two years i think violent crime has been cut in half. >> reporter: it's just part of a renewal project going on out there blighted youngstown, ohio. >> it was this huge tsunami that hit town, and it has taken 30 years for the waters to reseed.